Uttarakhand PCS / UKPCS: Everything you need to know!

UKPSC conducts Uttarakhand PCS { UKPCS } every 3-4 years. The last two exams were held in 2012 and 2016. This post will detail the syllabus, pattern and strategy for the exam.



The upper age limit is 42 years with different relaxations for reserved categories. Lower age limit is 21 years.


One should be a graduate in any subject from a recognized university.

Reservations in Uttarakhand

There are reservations for SC, ST, OBC. Apart from that seats are reserved for women, retired armed forces personnel and orphans.

Posts in Uttarakhand PCS /UKPCS

UKPCS by UKPSC basically conducts 2 major exams:- Lower PCS and Upper PCS. The posts commonly advertised in Upper PCS of Uttarakhand are:-

  • Deputy Collector
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police
  • ARTO
  • AC in Sales Tax
  • Finance Officer

In the Lower PCS, the commonly advertised posts are:-

  • Naib Tehsildar
  • TTO
  • Supply Inspector

Pattern of the Exam

The exam has 3 steps and each step has to be qualified to finally get selected:-

Pre Exam

  • The first step is Preliminary Exam or Pre.
  • It has 2 papers : General Studies{GS I} and CSAT{GS II}
  • Both papers are held on the same day.
  • GS I contains questions from General Studies and Uttarakhand including Current Affairs.
  • GS II contains questions from Aptitude including maths, LR and English.
  • Marks in GS I are used for determining cutoffs.
  • In the revised syllabus, GS II is only qualifying i.e. you have to get 35% marks in it to qualify for next stage. However the marks in GS II will not be used for determining cutoff marks.
  • Cutoffs are different for different categories.
  • Please note that marks obtained in Pre exam are not used for determining final merit.
  • In Lower Pre there is only one paper of GS.
  • Pre exam is conducted in all districts of Uttarakhand.

Main Exam

The Main Exam for Lower Uttarakhand PCS has 2 papers:-

  • General Studies
  • Essay and Drafting

The main exam for Upper Uttarakhand PCS has 7 papers:-

  • Language{including Hindi and Essay}
  • History of India and National Movement
  • Indian Polity, Social Justice and International relations
  • Geography of India and the world
  • Economic and Social development
  • General Science and Technology
  • General Aptitude and Ethics

Past papers of UKPCS{lower and upper} can be seen here.

Mains exam is conducted at Haridwar and Haldwani. Please note for upper PCS, it is mandatory to score 35% in all papers.


The interview for UKPCS is conducted at office of UKPSC at Haridwar. It is the final step and after clearing it you get to go to Nainital ATI for training.

Uttarakhand PCS/ UKPCS Syllabus

The syllabus for the exam can be downloaded from here. This link has syllabus for Pre as well as Mains exam. It contains syllabus for Upper as well as Lower UKPCS.

Uttarakhand PCS { UKPCS } by UKPSC

Strategy for UKPCS

The strategy for Upper PCS main exam can be seen by clicking here and you can see daily answer writing practice{with model answers} by clicking here.

For any queries, contact 9997453844.

Hemant Bhatt
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